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  • The Outward Bound way to prevent police shootings

    Long-time police reformer Bill Bratton called for empathy between Black Lives Matter and police advocates. In Baltimore, police and city youth are being taught just that – in trees.

  • When foreign leaders praise US bipartisanship

    Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi is the latest foreign leader to thank both Democrats and Republicans for their long support. Such gratitude from abroad can help remind Americans of the value of bipartisanship in foreign policy – and perhaps on domestic issues, too.

  • Syrian truce’s first goal: aiding civilians

    A fragile truce in a brutal war was driven in large part by humanitarian concerns. That aim must remain, amid other motives, to help heal a broken Syria.

  • Income up. Inequality down. But what of rural folk?

    Median income in the US rose at its fastest rate last year while inequality shrank. Yet incomes outside metro areas fell. Rural Americans must be included in the ‘communities of thinkers’ that are the nation’s cities

  • Germany's test of generosity and identity

    After welcoming 1 million fleeing people, Germans now struggle to integrate them. They are being forced to look deep at what binds their country.

  • An express lesson for Wells Fargo and other banks

    Reform of the world financial system since 2008 has made it stronger, yet a massive scandal at Wells Fargo highlights the ongoing need to build ethical resilience into the industry.

  • A judge’s insight on how to care for students

    A Connecticut judge orders reform of the state’s public schools to help poor students. But unlike similar court rulings, he focuses less on money and more on how to achieve student success. Other states should take notice.

  • Reason to pause on pot legalization

    In Colorado, the first state to start selling legal marijuana, an anti-pot rebellion has begun in Pueblo County. Other states that will vote on legalization in November should take notice.

  • For those who paint dark futures, the past offers a different palette

    Nearly half of Americans see no hope of a better future, a mood that politicians easily prey on. Yet new books by scholars comb history to show why progress in ideas marches on.

  • A hard lesson for China’s soft power

    An election in Hong Kong shows how much Beijing must improve on being a power known for attractive ideals, not its coercion of others.

  • Poor democracies that aren't poor in demanding honesty

    In ousting a president who symbolized a corrupt elite, Brazil joins many other developing nations whose citizens have demanded honesty in elected government. Brazil can take lessons from anti-graft successes in India, Indonesia, and Nigeria.

  • Goodnight, pre-K gap

    A study pops an inequality myth in finding American kids are not only better prepared for early schooling but those from lower-income or minority homes saw a reduced gap with white kids. One probable cause: better qualities of character.

  • Iraq’s opportunity in the battle for Mosul

    As Iraq prepares to retake its second-largest city from Islamic State, it can use the expected victory to renew efforts to restore an historic harmony between Sunnis and Shiites.

  • Europe’s post-Brexit identity search

    A Sept. 16 summit of the remaining EU leaders must start a deep search for what binds the European Union other than economic convenience and preventing war and atrocities. 

  • Britain’s audit of injustice

    A society’s first step to reduce inequality is to make sure government provides services without bigotry. Britain’s new prime minister is trying a novel approach: an audit of government injustice.

  • How humility won Colombia’s peace deal

    As Colombians prepare to vote on a carefully crafted peace proposal that would end a long war, they must remember how each side in the talks had to learn humility, helped along by a focus on those who suffered most in the war.

  • Muslims and Europe, swimming chic by chic

    Bans in France on wearing ‘burkini’ swimwear only alienates Muslims. Europe must find better ways to encourage integration, not feed into Islamic State’s playbook.

  • A jihadist’s cultural redemption

    A former leader in an Al Qaeda affiliate admits guilt – and regret – in a world court for destroying ancient artifacts in Timbuktu, Mali. His advice to jihadists: Save all of humanity’s cherished culture rather than destroy it.

  • Pulling kids from war’s rubble

    Global reaction to children in conflicts – as soldiers, refugees, or among the injured – has improved as more nations presume innocence for the youngest and most vulnerable.

  • A new approach to ending terrorism

    In a TV speech, Morocco’s king appeals to the millions of Moroccans living in the West to counter the false arguments of Islamic State that might appeal to disaffected young Muslims and lead them to violent acts.

 
 
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